Part II: Sports personalities vying for NCR posts in May 2019 elections

May 6, 2019

IN a little over a week, Filipinos will troop to polling centers around the country to elect a new set of public servants.

The world of sports isn't insulated from that, as seen from several personalities who are vying for various positions in government, both local and national.

In the first installment of our three-part series, we featured the sportsmen running for national positions in the May 13 elections.

For Part II, we take a look at the sports personalities vying for public office in the National Capital Region (NCR):

Former La Salle Green Archer Francis Zamora is once again taking his shot at the San Juan mayoralty post after losing in 2016 as he leads a number of sports personalities vying for prime posts in the city's local government.

Paul Artadi, who played for seven teams in his 11-year PBA career, is looking to earn a seat as a councilor in the first district.

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Meanwhile, 16-year PBA veteran Don Allado is seeking a post as a councilor in the second district after serving as an assistant coach at Adamson.

He's not the lone deputy to get his feet wet in politics, as former Mapua guard Jack Santiago aims to return as a councilor for the first district of Navotas.

Those developments shouldn't come as a surprise as their head coach Franz Pumaren is also a veteran in the local political wars, with the Soaring Falcons bench tactician this time gunning for a seat as a councilor in the third district of Quezon City.

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Marikina Shoemasters head coach Elvis Tolentino, meanwhile, has his eyes set on a councilor's seat in the second district of Marikina.

Olympian Rosalio "Yoyong" Martires is also hoping to be a third-term councilor in Pasig's second district.

The same goes for ex-Coca-Cola head coach Binky Favis, who looks to be voted into a third team as councilor in the second district of Paranaque.

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Formula 3 racer Tyson Sy is also seeking re-election as councilor in the second district of Valenzuela.

Ali Atienza, who won the gold medal in the 1994 Asian Taekwondo Championships, is seeking to be the representative for the City of Manila's fifth district.

Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA) secretary general and 1986 Seoul Asian Games bronze medalist Monsour del Rosario intends to win the vice mayoralty race in Makati after serving as a representative for the first district of the country's leading business district.

UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag is also looking to follow in his father's footsteps as he runs for councilor in Makati.

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